The Battle of Cross Keys
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 79scouts
N 38° 21.204 W 078° 49.028
17S E 690737 N 4247281
Quick Description: This marker is not in good shape. There are severe brown discoloration on the title and the picture. Hopefully this will be restored soon.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2011 6:37:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMC5E2
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
The marker is off the road about 30 yeards. There are three markers in the area.

The text of the marker is:

Battle of Cross Keys
Immigrant Soldiers
— 1862 Valley Campaign —

Many immigrants fought for the North and the South during the Civil War. Their numbers were especially high in Gen. Louis Blenker’s division of Gen. John C. Fremont’s union army at Cross Keys on June 8, 1862.

Two Germans (Gen. Henry Bohlen and Col. John Koltes) and one Hungarian (Gen. Julius Stahel) commanded Blenker’s three brigades on this part of the field. Blenker and his lieutenants had been officers in European revolutions during the 1840s.

German, Swiss, Irish, English, Italians, Russians, Algerians, Sepoys, Turks, Frenchmen, Poles, Croats, Hungarians, and Chinese fought with Blenker’s “melting pot” division. One of Fremont’s staff officers, a Romanian, Capt. R. Nicolai Dunka, was killed delivering a message to the front here.

Most immigrants fought for their adopted country and lived here after the war. Others sought military experience so they could return to their native countries to fight in or command revolutionary armies.
Type of site: Battlefield

Goods Mill Road (Route 708)
Port Republic, VA USA

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